Weight loss surgery could cut migraine symptoms

30 March 2011

Weight loss surgery can have a huge number of health benefits for patients and new research has shown that it may even help to alleviate migraines.

According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, bariatric surgery was associated with a reduction in debilitating headaches in patients that had suffered from them previously.

The researchers, from the Miriam Hospital, in the US state of Rhode Island, found that just six months after undergoing bariatric surgery, the frequency, severity and disability rating of migraines all improved in sufferers.

Lead author Dale Bond said: "Obesity is thought to contribute to worsening of migraine, particularly for severely obese individuals, yet no study has examined whether weight loss can actually improve migraine headaches in these patients.

"Our study provides evidence that weight loss may be an important part of a migraine treatment plan for obese patients."
Recent research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that bariatric surgery could actually boost patients' cardiovascular health.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1 Bond, Dale. "Improvement of migraine headaches in severely obese patients after bariatric surgery". Neurology. Tuesday, March 29th 2011.

2 Owan, Dr Theophilus et al. "Favorable Changes in Cardiac Geometry and Function Following Gastric Bypass Surgery: 2-Year Follow-Up in the Utah Obesity Study". Journal of American College of Cardiology. Tuesday, February 8th 2011.

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